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Cresselly edge ahead in title race

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CRESSELLY edged ahead in the Division 1 title race on Saturday (Jul 30) as they beat St Ishmaels by 60 runs.

Tish won the toss and chose to bat but they could only watch on as Cresselly again reached 300 runs.

Adam Chandler and Simon Cole shared 100 runs for the first wicket but Chandler was first out when he was caught by Jordan Millich off the bowling of Andrew Pawlett.

Cole and Iwan Izzard continued to push the score on as they added another 151 runs for the second wicket.

Both passed their half centuries but it was Izzard, who had hit four fours and two sixes in his score of 53 from 38 balls, who was next to go when he was caught by Brennan Devonald off the bowling of Millich.

Cole had hit 18 fours and five sixes but his excellent knock of 142 was eventually brought to an end when he was caught by Devonald off the bowling of Millich.

Tish then took more wickets as they looked to keep the score down. Peter Bradshaw had the wicket of Nicky Cope and he was followed back by Ryan Lewis who was bowled by Millich.

Millich then trapped Dan James leg before as Cresselly were reduced to 293-6.

Alex Bayley was then also out, having made a score of 16, when he was stumped by Huw Scriven off the bowling of Bradshaw.

Tom Murphy hit two late fours to take Cresselly to their total of 304-7 before declaring after 38 overs.

Tish knew they would need to make a good start if they were to reach that total but they lost opener Daniel Richards when he was trapped leg before by Ryan Lewis.

Peter Bradshaw and Karl Rhead added 52 runs for the second wicket but Cresselly struck again as Charlie Arthur bowled Rhead on a score of 15.

Bradshaw and Brennan Devonald then shared 135 runs for the third wicket as they looked to keep their side in with a chance of victory.

Bradshaw hit ten fours in his score of 72 but he was trapped leg before by Nicky Cope.

Tom Murphy then had Phil Cockburn caught by Lewis as Tish’s innings began to stall.

Devonald reached his century but he then saw Jonathan Pawlett caught by Alex Bayley off the bowling of Murphy on a score of 12.

Jordan Millich was then bowled by Nicky Cope as Tish were reduced to 217-6.

Devonald had hit 12 fours and five sixes in his score of 108 from 85 balls but he was caught by Neilson Cole off the bowling of Murphy.

That all but ended any hopes Tish had of victory and Cresselly went on to close the game out.

Lewis trapped Huw Scriven leg before and Ieuan Hawkins caught by Neilson Cole before Andrew Pawlett was bowled by Arthur on a score of 16.

That saw Tish bowled out for 244 and gave Cresselly victory by 60 runs.

Cresselly now have a 13-point lead over nearest challengers Carew with three games left to play.

On Saturday, August 6, Cresselly travel to Pembroke Dock while St Ishmaels host Llangwm.

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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